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Warren Vache: Dream Dancing

That good-time feel and excellent taste are two things you can always expect from Warren Vache, and those qualities pervade Dream Dancing (Arbors). Backing Vache’s cornet are bassist Dennis Irwin, drummer Eddie Locke and, for many good measures, guests Bill Charlap on piano and Harry Allen on tenor sax. There’s not one original among the dozen tracks, but as is the habit with musical archeologists Vache and Charlap they have unearthed some inexplicably neglected standards. Without benefit of arrangements (just mutual agreement about solos), they have a ball with each tune. Following that formula, the most swinging song is the title track, which features a strong pulse, Allen and Vache listening closely to each other. Vache also quotes from Randy Weston’s “Hi-Fly” and refers to it again later. Edgar Sampson’s “Blue Lou” is a perfect jet-propelled vehicle for Vache’s muted comments, but it’s much too short, and the leader caps the session with a most heartfelt vocal on “Not Exactly Paris.”

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